Other Writers’ Group every Sunday is back at Shakespeare & Company from Nov 5th

SpokenWord open mic au Chat Noir every Monday, Open Secret – the open mic at the Bistrot des Artistes – every Wednesday.

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do two open mic nights (SpokenWord every Monday, Open Secret every Wednesday) and a writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

SpokenWord Sounds
A monthly podcast of SpokenWord Paris, by Victor. Listen or download here.

Every Monday Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the
Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All langues welcome. Entry one euro.

Check next week’s theme here

Open Secret 
Every Wednesday David Leo Sirois hosts his open mic for poetry & song at the Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 75005, métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or St Michel (line 4.) Sign up 8.30pm. Themes annnounced by the mailing list and on facebook. Free.

The Other Writers’ Group
We’re back at Shakespeare & Company every Sunday!

In 2005 I could only find one anglophone writers’ group in Paris and it was at a time I couldn’t make. So I started this one, the other writers’ group. It’s become an excellent feedback workshop running every Sunday. 6.30pm-8.30pm at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Suggested donation 5 euros. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by me, Bruce Sherfield and other regulars. Description Join us afterwards for a drink. Cheers, David Barnes

Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.

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Amruta Prabhu to Guest at SpokenWord Paris December 5th–Monday’s Theme: Nostalgia

1782106_10153041751498216_5039153833278478550_nAmruta Prabhu was born and raised in Mumbai, India, and is a Paris-based polyglot and translator by day and poet, writer, photographer and dancer by night. Drawing heavily from both her Indian culture and love for Europe, her inspiration comes from the details of everyday life and her writing aims at undiluted, honest expression. She studied English literature and Professional Translation, and her poems and prose have been published in Paris Lit Up Magazine N. 3 and the online literary and arts journal Canopic Jar. She will be returning permanently to India next week and hopes that her creative streak finds new inspiration there.

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Le Bordel De La Poesie au Grand Pigalle Hotel

poetry-whores-in-a-hotel-room1It’s called Le Bordel De La Poesie or The Poetry Brothel in Paris. Poetry Whores sell their souls… ehm, their poems. With private readings in hotel rooms. This Wednesday and Thursday night at the Grand Pigalle Hotel. Info & Reservations here. (Photo Rim Battal)

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Philip Meersman to Guest at SpokenWord Paris November 28th–Monday’s Theme: Meaning/Meaningful

15225315_10154621103405309_1619808198_oMultilingual poet/performer Philip Meersman (1971) pushes boundaries of poetry in both written and spoken form, drawing on current affairs, socio-political and environmental issues. He is the author of the poetry collection This Is Belgian Chocolate: Manifestations of Poetry. He is a cofounder of DAstrugis- tenDA, artiestencollectief JA!, and received in 2012 the “D. Buliuk award for outstanding achievements in the field of avant-garde art and the avant-garde in research.” In 2016 he starts a PhD in the Arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp: “the oral performance of visual poetry” based upon the work of the Russian Cubo-Futurists and René Magritte. http://threeroomspress.com/authors/ philip-meersman/

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SpokenWord Paris awarded Best Writers Community 2016 by The Expatriates Magazine.

best-of-paris-xxThank you all voters and non-voters, all members of this community.


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Moe Seager to Guest at SpokenWord Paris November 21st–Monday’s Theme: Tellin’ It Like It Is

11889521_10153124224147423_8662065917552861178_n1Moe will read from his recently published 5th collection We Want Everything and from his new erotic collection I Wanna Make Jazz To You and from new poems created in recent weeks. Critics review of Seager’s recent book We Want Everything, Onslaught press, Oxford, U.K; 2016. “From its title to the ruminating final free verse  “Perhaps” these are not poems to be presented at wine and cheese parties. What Moe Seager’s creations are is a way into a way out, artful, and consciously artless simultaneously, socially engaging conversational, erotic, egalitarian, and quite musical.Read these poems aloud for maximum effect, unwrap them, chew on them, embrace them, lock horns with them, but ultimately feel them. if you have a soul you will relish this collection, if you have no soul open this book immediately.” Danny Shot, Publisher and editor of the Long Shot Literary Arts Review, Poet- -in- residence Hoboken Museum of Art.

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Maysan Nasser to Guest at SpokenWord Paris November 14th–Monday’s Theme: Sexual Harassment

14936983_1775739449338440_1922721264_nMaysan Nasser is a Psychology and Theater student. She recently won Beirut’s first Poetry Slam and will compete in Roundhouse Poetry Slam in London this summer. She has taken part of the literary scene in Paris and partook in Paris Lit Up’s Grand Tour in Italy and 100 Thoudand Poets for Change and a few other independent performances at different venues. She was first published by Remus, the American University of Rome’s literary journal, which featured two of her prose poems. Her journalistic work has also been published by the American University of Paris’s newspaper, the Peacock Plume, where she is currently a videojournalist. She recently staged a performance of her original play titled Deadline.

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SpokenWord themes in November

Nov.14th SEXUAL HARASSMENT — Maysan Nasser
Nov.21st TELLIN’ IT LIKE IT IS — Moe Seager
Nov.28th MEANING/MEANINGFUL — Philip Meersman

If you have a great idea for a theme, tell Antonia on Monday at SpokenWord.

Cheers all,
David Barnes

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Open Secret, 2nite! Special guest Didier Cornevin: “L’Invitation au Voyage.”


Open Secret! 2nite @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 5è.
At 8pm, open mic sign-up opens, & at 9 le spectacle!
Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4).
This Wednesday’s special guest performer: Didier Cornevin!
Our theme, in his honor, is Baudelaire’s “L’Invitation au Voyage.” (see FB invite below)

Tonight’s guest, Didier, transforms classic (yet still fresh) French poetry into song, such as “L’Invitation au Voyage,” plus works from Rimbaud & Verlaine ~ as well as writing & interpreting Francophone chanson. Didier is a dignified & well-loved regular at Open Secret, & performs both beautifully & powerfully…hope to see you there!🙂

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Halloween took October away. Some pictures to remember it.

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Photos taken by Sabine Dundure during October, Au Chat Noir, on Mondays.

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Lisa Ducasse to Guest at SpokenWord Paris November 7th–Monday’s Theme: Fear

lisa-ducasseLisa Ducasse is a poet born in Mauritius and currently living in Paris. She was first published at the age of thirteen in a yearly anthology of short stories, and later in a Mauritian poetry magazine called Point Barre. She is currently working on releasing her first collection of poems, built around the questions of youth and the feelings that shape and make us… us. Her fascination for the former is perhaps best justified by Patti Smith’s interrogation in her novel Just Kids: “Who can know the heart of youth but youth itself?”. And as for feelings… aren’t they, in the end, all we have, all we really have? And isn’t that part of the magic?
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